Imagine being the only natural in the room and possibly starred at because of it. Just a short decade ago, Katrina Morrison experienced several moments like this because she went natural before the trend became popular. Now, with experience, confidence and an eight year old daughter sporting similar curls, Katrina is well aware of the power of the curl and wears them well. In this week’s Hair Feature, we’re highlighting Katrina and her remarkable natural hair journey.
Name and where are you from?
Katrina M. Originally from Brooklyn NY, but I live in Atlanta now.
When did you go Natural?
Officially, my last perm was in 2002. Just recently I decided to also stop pressing my hair.
Did you transition or did you big chop? Why?
I transitioned. I had a great hairstylist that was a master at silk pressing. Back then it was the perms and coloring that was damaging my hair. Now, my 8-year-old daughter complains about her curls and is always asking for a press. I wanted her to see me wearing my natural hair every day and not just on vacation. We agreed to 4 press passes a year. We both only get 4 opportunities to press our hair this year. She already has her year planned out.
Did you receive any criticism regarding going natural?
A little at first. Like I said, I first went natural over ten years ago when it wasn’t the cool thing to do. I had a co-worker once reference my hair as “slave hair” as a joke. I didn’t take offense, but I never forgot that comment.
What is your nighttime routine?
I rub down my hair with olive oil and cover with a bonnet.
Did your spouse or significant other have a say in your decision to go natural?
Not really. He loves that I’m embracing my natural curls. I think he has a thing for girls with fros!
What is your favorite thing about being natural?
I love the versatility, but what I’m enjoying most now is the popularity of having natural hair. Now I’m not the only natural girl in the room.
What is your least favorite thing about being natural?
It requires lots of effort. Not to mention I have to pack my blow dryer and diffuser in my carry-on bag when I travel just in case I have to reset my curls. I don’t trust the hotel’s blow dryers.
Who are your favorite bloggers/vloggers?
I love www.thesophisticatedlife.com Nadeen could be my travel twin. Love her adventures. Another one of my favorites is www.quirkybrownlove.blogspot.com Such a fresh perspective on love and happiness. I love reading her stories. It make me happy!
What is your regimen?
I co-wash once a week.
What are your favorite products?
Miss Jessies Co-wash, Trader Joe’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Talia Waajid leave in conditioner, and That’s So Natural Rinse-out Anti Breakage Conditioner.
What is your go to hair style?
Who is your celebrity hair crush?
Solange Knowles. She wears her natural hair like a crown.
Who is your regular hair crush?
My 8 year old daughter. She has an awesome head full of curls.
What advice would you give to the newly natural?
Stick with it. For a few years after I went natural I didn’t have my natural curl pattern. There was several times in that first 2-3 years that I wanted a perm. I stuck with it and I’m so glad that I did.
Where can you be found on social media?
Any big plans for 2015?
Yes! lots of family including Thanksgiving in Costa Rica!
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